First draft tips

I’m editing Amy’s Courage and I’m dragging my feet. Starting from the beginning and going through until the end is simply overwhelming. Handling a first draft is like trying to untangle Rapunzel’s hair, overwhelming.

Here are some tips I found helpful.

http://writetodone.com/first-draft-secrets-four-simple-steps/ I really liked this one because it chopped the massive task into little bits I could handle.

http://elizabethspanncraig.com/1559/approaching-messy-first-drafts/ This one was really good because it suggested how to go through the entire thing and make lists…and I love lists.

http://mysterywritingismurder.blogspot.ca/2011/10/moving-quickly-through-draft.html And this one was great because it had simple, easy tips I could like or discard.

http://bubblecow.net/tips-to-writing-a-great-second-draft-of-your-novel/. This one was filled with easy tips that made so much sense.

Finally, this one talks about placeholders. I use them. So, I like to know how to do that properly. http://www.darcypattison.com/revision/just-write-it-stop-second-guessing-until-you-revise/

How about you? How do you get from first draft to polished gem?

By the way, I’ve added these to the Resources side links. Hope they help!

Editing tips

Editing is one of those nebulous things that’s never quite defined. How do we do it? What do we change? How do we know what to add, erase? When do we stop? It’s not clear, or easy.

Don’t do what I did. I started out polishing each scene only to find that editing the entire plot meant throwing some of them out. ARGH! Also, don’t edit while you’re writing. Editing kills your inspirational muse. It’s the complete opposite of creating. So, create, then edit.

So, what’s the answer? I’m going to be very honest here, I’m still trying to figure it out. But these guys are pros. They’ve done it and done it successfully. Check it out!

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2011/05/how-i-edit.html This guy has the entire process that he follows for everyone to read. Definitely one for me to look at.

http://thewritelife.com/edit-your-copy/ This one has great tips for polishing scenes and little bits that help tighten your writing until it has the power of a UFC punch! 🙂

http://writetodone.com/eight-simple-tips-for-editing-your-own-work/ This one is really good for easy, clear ideas you can use.

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2012/10/revising-your-book-dos-and-donts.html Do’s and dont’s. I won’t mention here how many of those ‘don’ts’ I’ve done…sigh.

http://nhwn.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/preparing-to-publish-turning-a-typescript-into-a-book/ This one, by Deborah Lee Luskin, is an excellent piece on how to go from draft to polished.

Hope these help! If not, my go-to fix is always a cup of coffee…and a walk with my doggie. 🙂